I’ve attempted to understand and reconcile the areas where people who believe all spirits are within the mind of the magician (and/or egregores created by him) meet those of people like me, whose experiences and beliefs equally lead us to see them as being as separate and distinct, as any human person.
There are some areas where I cannot bridge this and they seem to be the most fruitful areas for people who believe spirits are not “real” to weigh in with their ideas, in a constructive way.
So, this is a debate thread, not a working thread – differences of opinion welcome, though this isn’t looking for “winners” and “losers” - a convincing bit of reasoning backed up with experience speaks its own truth.
Regarding the notion that each spirit evokes or otherwise contacted is a manifestation of that magician, taking archetypal or otherwise “imaginary” forms:
Do you think animals could have given rise to some spirit forms before mankind evolved?
In the present day, could cognitively advanced animals like whales and dolphins, even pigs, dogs, and some primates and birds, be doing this, as their mental abilities, capacity for abstract thought, and emotional intelligence exceed that of human infants, and yet it’s generally agreed that infants are more psychically “open” than adults?
What do you see as the role of the beliefs of the many branches of humanity before homo sapiens (neanderthals being the most famous of course)?
Do you, like some Science of Mind/Law of Attraction teachers, also believe that embodied spirits, aka humans, are to some extent co-created by oneself?
While these questions are resolved by the concept of a pre-existing Source which could manifest things into being prior to the advent of mankind (be that evolved or created/GMO’d into being), for those who don’t believe in this, I am curious how you would answer these questions, and think it may be a fun debate to have?